Can We Talk Muscovy Duck One More Time?

eric_wa(San Juan, z8 WA)February 27, 2010

My 3 muscovy ducks, 2 female and one drake, are about 6 months old. At what age are they sexually mature? Is mating based on age, day length, temperature. What is your experience. When should I expect my first clutch. These 3 were hatched on Sept 7th 2009.

Eric

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Naomi Miller

I am not sure what your weather is like, but if you are approaching warm temps then you should see mating anytime.... I have 8 muscovy ducks and all were mating at around 6 months.....as have all my other ducks..... my ducks lay all year long here in Z7 but the fertility is less in cold weather... my muscovy females are excellent setters and great mothers, I have used them to hatch other breeds instead of incubating them since they are so good at what they do, lol... good luck, I find the muscovy breed to be interesting and challenging too, lol.... head strong and smart !!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 7:27PM
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eric_wa(San Juan, z8 WA)

heartzlink,

Thank you. Good to hear from a fellow Muscovy enthusiast. My Khaki Campbells lay year around here in zone 8, wasn't sure about Muscovies.

Weather, low 50's last several weeks.

Eric

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 7:57PM
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eric_wa(San Juan, z8 WA)

heartzlink,

One of my Muscovy females is missing. Yesterday the male was making advances towards her. She acted like she isn't ready.

Question, do you think she is hiding?

I've had ducks killed by predators in the past, but with feathers everywhere. No signs. Just gone.

Eric

    Bookmark   March 11, 2010 at 4:14PM
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eric_wa(San Juan, z8 WA)

Found the little buger. She is swimming in our big pond. Now how to get her back to the orchard pond.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2010 at 6:57PM
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